Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer is moving bills to improve building energy efficiency as one means of mitigating climate change.

“There doesn’t have to be ‘a bill’ on climate,” Boxer told reporters Tuesday morning, one day after President Barack Obama gave climate change a prominent place in his second inaugural address. “There are going to be many approaches.”

One is a bill she introduced Tuesday to improve energy efficiency in federal buildings.

The bill would require the General Services Administration to conduct energy audits of buildings owned by the agency to identify ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs and pay for themselves within 10 years as well as calculate costs that could be saved.

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